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How much longer before we see "My Google!" or googlemail.com e-mail addresses?
I don't think it is a bad idea. It just seems a little disjointed. Is there a missing links somewhere?
Search Engine ---> Advertising
1) A paid version of AllExperts.com and other "experts" sites that offer answers to questions for free. (And it's hard to compete with free, at least when you're dealing with consumers.)
2) A Web version of Keen.com, which charges by the minute for answers to questions over the phone (and where much of the revenue comes from calls involving sex or psychic advice, according to the reports I've heard).
I'm a little skeptical about Google's ability to make this concept work. It might work if it were directed to the business and professional market, with professional researchers (e.g., librarians) and rates that were in line with what a professional researcher would charge. But will the average person pay $4 and up for help in searching with Google, which is what this amounts to? And even if the researchers are getting 75% of the fees, will there be enough traffic at high enough rates to pay a living wage?
Well it seems Google will earn money from you and from other people that don't want to waste their time to search things, may be in the next years they'll create a service for people who doesn't want to eat with their hands !!!
If so, can't wait till someone tries to cheat with this on 'who wants to be a millionaire' :-)
Is anyone actually asking questions yet?
I presume the service was launched on 18th.
There seems to be nearly 120 questions out of which almost 75% are already answered by paid researchers.
I was just wondering , what could be their thinking behing launching such an Idea..??
Any serious guess here..??
I'll go and apply as an expert just for kicks... ;)
Well Google Search results happens to be the best in terms of relevancy.which is actually ranked by their algo..!
Probably, they also wanted to have Human factor ... and their approach seems to benefit those who can find relevant info and those in need of it..!
In a sense, they are trying to have a fine mix of technology and human search to give the relevant results..!
Is anyone actually asking questions yet? All I see in the examples (maybe that's all they'll show) are from -ga which are the Google "experts". Has anyone applied to be a ga?
You have to register to ask and answer questions and everyone registered with Google gets the "ga". It stands for "Google Answers" I would presume...
How much faith are you willing to put in a researcher who charges only $4?
We aren't talking life and death questions here. If they find what seems like a reasonable and good answer in a short time that is good enough for me.